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Thursday, April 21, 2016


The author has approved, accepted, endorsed my drawing for the cover of his book, THERE’S A BEAR RIGHT BEHIND YOU. Robert S. Bickerstaff, retired UT Law Professor, writes about his encounters with bears over the years. I have read only a few pages but Mr. Bickerstaff seems to be an adventurous soul! I am honored to provide a drawing for the cover of his book. Mr. Bickerstaff will donate the royalties to the National Parks Conservation Association and two other non-profit organizations.

Now, to deal with the publisher. I have had only brief excursions into the world of mass production publishing. I’ve already learned a thing or two by asking questions that don’t normally occur to me in regards to art making. I look forward to this new adventure!

Monday, April 11, 2016


It is scary! It is thrilling to cut up a painting. Reorganize?

This painting was just too big, too small, not quite there. I had changed it several times. There are some passages, some bits that I just love!

60" x 30", acrylic on canvas
So I cut it into two pieces. On new stretcher bars I had two paintings; one 24" x 28" and another 24" x 30". The sizes were determined by the stretcher bars I had on hand in my studio.

bottom, 24" x 28"

top, 24" x 30"

I looked and looked at them.

Additions to the top section. 

24" x 30", acrylic, ink on canvas
 Changes to the bottom section.

24" x 28", acrylic on canvas

I don't know if this is a resolution - if these are resolved. But it is fascinating how scared I get then how wonderful it feels to do absolutely anything. This is what I've been thinking about. No, that's not right. It is some feelings. Oh-h-h My! I have a dark side! Or maybe it is humor.

Friday, April 8, 2016


"Austin Figurative Show"
CARMEN, 36” X 24” acrylic on canvas 
@ Austin Art Space Gallery & Studios
Exhibition Dates: Friday, April 9th - Saturday May 7, 2016 
Reception: Saturday, April 16th 2016, 6-8 p.m.


Juried exhibition- artwork exploring the human figure.

 This painting of Carmen has raised gold leafed threads of acrylic paint over the surface. Carmen is a spiritual person, broad minded and kind. She helped me at a time when it was not easy to do. I wanted to capture her beauty and many dimensions, too.